Three Commitment pitches were held during the 5th World Responsible Leaders Forum. Three internationally operating organizations presented their work and asked for support from the audience.
Global Pro Bono Network
Pro bono service providers strengthen civil society by connecting NGOs and social change organizations with business professionals who donate their time and talent in pro bono service. Expertise in HR, marketing, strategy, and IT are difficult for often under-resourced social change organizations to access. The Global Pro Bono Network exists to promote knowledge sharing, mutual support and collaboration among pro bono intermediaries from around the world and is currently composed of 42 member organizations from 28 countries.
The audience was asked to support the network by personal action, raising the awareness and investing ressources in the pro bono network. Attendants from Rumania, Bangalore, Switzerland Mexico, Lebanon, Costa Rica and Germany offered their support with consulting, social marketing, legal advice and networking.
If you want to support the Pro Bono Network, find more information here
Impact Hub is a global network of entrepreneurial communities, workspaces, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyze social and environmental impact. Developing local entrepreneurial ecosystems and supporting ventures from idea to operations and scale, Impact Hub hosts a diverse community of 12,000 members in more than 80 cities around the world.
Attendees offered their support with legal advice, offering spaces to open new impact hubs, monitoring and coaching, and holding conferences at impact hubs in San Francisco and Berlin.
To refugees, who fled from war torn countries to set off on a long and strenuous journey to Europe obstacles are definitely not an alien concept. What many people don’t take into account is that the struggle is not over as soon as they eventually reach Germany or another western country. The process of pursuing the career they had to discontinue in their home country is one of them. The process of seeking asylum, the process of getting their degrees accredited as well as fulfilling the language requirements many universities have – these procedures can take years. Lost time for most of the refugees.
Since 2015 Kiron University provides refugees worldwide with the opportunity to earn an accredited university degree, free of charge in a combination of offline and online education. So far around 2,250 students have enlisted in the university and are supported by a network of 32 full-time employees and more than 500 volunteers.
When Vincent Zimmer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kiron University entered the stage for the third part of the commitment pitches he asked the Responsible Leaders for support in three different sectors: scholarships, hardware and internet access, corporate mentors. And the response was simply overwhelming: around 30 people of the audience promised Kiron University their support, ranging from legal support, used laptops, internships in companies to putting in a word at the right people.
If you’d like to read more about Kiron follow this link.